- In addition to LASIK, what other vision correction procedures are available?
- How long is the recovery period following LASIK surgery?
- Will I have 20/20 vision after LASIK eye surgery?
- Is LASIK surgery painful?
- Who is a good candidate for LASIK Surgery?
- What are the risks of LASIK surgery?
- What is LASIK eye surgery?
- Do you offer financing for LASIK eye surgery?
- Are cataracts a “medical” condition?
- Is cataract surgery painful?
- How long is the recovery period for cataract surgery?
- Does cataract surgery also correct high prescriptions?
- How much does LASIK eye surgery cost?
Following LASIK eye surgery at our Michigan facility, patients can generally plan to return to work and other activities within a couple of days. Patients are usually able to safely drive on their own the day after their surgery. We recommend that patients not engage in activities such as yard work, which would potentially bring contaminants into contact with their eyes, for one week following surgery. In addition, contact sports and strenuous exercise should be avoided for one to two weeks, and swimming, saunas, and hot tubs should be avoided for about three weeks.
While LASIK surgery is an effective means of improving your vision, not everyone who undergoes the procedure will experience 20/20 vision. Studies have shown that, on average, more than 90 percent of patients who receive conventional LASIK achieve 20/40 vision or better. These patients would be able to pass the eye exam portion of a driving test in most states without glasses. For many people, this itself makes LASIK a worthwhile investment in their vision. Overall, about 56 percent of LASIK patients experience 20/20 vision after surgery.Our LASIK surgery experts in Michigan offer patients the advanced custom LASIK procedure using the ALLEGRETTO WAVE™ laser. This procedure allows our LASIK surgeons to correct the cornea based on a 3-dimensional representation of how the eye processes images. This technique has resulted in greater improvements in vision when compared to traditional LASIK surgery. In a study conducted by the FDA, 87 percent of patients who underwent custom LASIK eye surgery with the ALLEGRETTO WAVE™ laser demonstrated 20/20 vision a year after their surgery. In addition, 60 percent of nearsighted patients achieved 20/16 vision.
The procedure itself is painless thanks to anesthetic eye drops that are applied beforehand. After surgery, patients may experience a slight tingling or gritty sensation in their eyes, but this may be safely treated with lubricating eye drops or oral medications.
In general, you may be potentially eligible for the procedure if you are 18 years or older and suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. You must have had a stable prescription for at least one year before you can undergo LASIK eye surgery. Michigan residents who have any conditions that would interfere with the eye’s healing process after the procedure, such as cataracts or autoimmune disease, are not eligible for surgery. Women who are pregnant or nursing should wait to have the procedure because of the effect their hormones can have on the shape of the eye.
Through LASIK eye surgery, numerous Michigan residents have safely eliminated or reduced their dependence on glasses. However, as with all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with laser vision correction. Potential complications of LASIK include:
- Dry eye syndrome: production of insufficient tears to moisten eyes
- Under- or over-correction: incomplete alignment of cornea and retina
- Regression: diminishment of results over time
- Visual irregularities: glares, halos, and starbursts may be temporarily experienced
- In rare instances, patients may experience reduction in visual acuity.
These risks can be addressed at your consultation. Complications affect only a small minority of patients. During your initial consultation, one of the LASIK surgery experts at our Michigan facility can inform you regarding the side effects you might encounter given the condition of your eyes. One of the best ways to reduce your chances of experiencing complications is to have your procedure performed by an experienced LASIK eye surgery provider. Our Michigan eye care specialists have performed thousands of refractive procedures and utilize only the safest and most advanced LASIK vision correction technology. If you have been considering laser vision correction, we invite you to discover for yourself why so many have trusted their vision exclusively to Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey.
LASIK is a surgical procedure designed to correct common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During the procedure, the LASIK surgeon uses an excimer laser to correct abnormalities in the cornea’s curvature that negatively affect the way images are processed by your eye.
LASIK belongs to a group of vision correction procedures collectively referred to as refractive surgery, of which it is the most popular. The number of LASIK eye surgery procedures performed at Michigan eye care facilities and those throughout the United States each year totals more than one million.
In order to help make LASIK and other laser eye surgery procedures affordable for all of our patients, we proudly offer financing through Capital One Healthcare Finance. By simply filling out the Chase Health Advance Finance application at our office or online, you can know within minutes if you qualify for financing. Once approved, you will be able to immediately schedule your LASIK procedure. Capital One Healthcare Finance will cover all of the costs of your surgery and allow you to make convenient, low monthly payments. Contact us today to discuss how you can take advantage of the different payment plans available at our office through Chase.
Cataracts are a medical condition, and treatment for them would be covered under your medical insurance, not your optical coverage.
The outpatient procedure is found to be completely painless by most patients. You will be sedated for the surgery, and will not likely remember your experience in the procedure room. Following surgery a small number of patients experience a slight “eyelash in the eye” irritation, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. However, most patients are quite comfortable following cataract surgery thanks to the tiny size of the incision and the use of anti-inflammatory drops or medications.
Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how short the recovery time is after cataract surgery. The doctor may recommend that you reduce strenuous activities for a week, but most patients can go back to normal daily activities the same day or within 1-2 days.
Most patients who are very nearsighted or farsighted prior to cataract surgery find that their need for distance correction is greatly reduced or completely eliminated. The lens in which the cataract has formed is being replaced by a “prescription” artificial lens. This lens is permanent and does not “wear out” over time.
Since the abnormalities in each patient’s eyes are unique, the treatment required to correct them must be unique as well. Our LASIK eye surgery experts in Michigan always perform a comprehensive eye examination on each patient prior to prescribing a course of treatment. Once this is complete, they can then assess the cost of a patient’s care.
Given that glasses usually need to be replaced each year and the cost of certain contact lenses, many people find that LASIK surgery pays for itself over several years. In any case, studies showing that 90 to 97 percent of LASIK patients are satisfied and would undergo the procedure over again indicate that LASIK is a worthwhile investment in your vision.
To find out how much LASIK eye surgery at our Michigan facility will cost in your case, please contact our ophthalmologists. They will gladly work with you and make every effort to ensure that you are able to experience the benefits of this exceptional procedure.